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  • aeros Apr 13, 2009 06:28 PM

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  1. In Manhattan, two places with first-rate lasagna:

    Campanile - http://www.campanilenyc.com

    Via Emilia - http://www.viaemilianyc.net

    For other boroughs, post on the Outer Boroughs board.

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    1. re: RGR

      ahh I love via emilia!

      1. re: RGR

        Has anyone ever been to Gradisca? http://www.gradiscanyc.com

        1. re: aeros

          Why do you ask? Have you been there? (No, I haven't been there.)

          1. re: Pan

            Yes. Average.

        2. re: RGR

          Pietro's has it as a special and it is very good. I second Apizz.

        3. I like Bianca's version. For $11 (or something like that), it's excellent.

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          1. re: Jorel

            I'll second Bianca.

            1. re: KTinNYC

              I second Via Emilia. I also think that Apizz has a very good one as well. I used to love the lasagna at Miss Williamsburg but it closed down. I also heard they serve a good lasagne at PJ Clarkes.

          2. Insieme's Lasanga was the best I've had in the city,

            New York Magazine agrees.. http://nymag.com/bestofny/food/2008/l...
            Ruth Reichl too.

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            1. re: silencespeak

              We tried Insieme's lasagna because of the NY Mag review and found it very disappointing. It was OK, but there wasn't much flavor. Very dull. It was more like good ground meat between sheets of nicely cooked pasta. Small portion with barely any cheese, very very minimal, if any, red sauce, and no bechamel that I could recall tasting.

              I did enjoy the pasta tasting menu at Insieme, though. It was delicious. However, the portions were tiny, the prices were pretty high, and I left there hungry.

              1. re: Slob

                AGREED. Lasagna was really tasteless - sad to say - and I went there only for the lasagna. : /

            2. Peasant

              1. i dont know if its the best lasagna but Max Restaurant in the East Village has a very delicious lasagna at an affordable price, certainly worth mentioning. It may have a hint of cinnamon. There was definately something extra in there that elevated the dish beyond your usual lasagna. I went there recently for an early dinner, missed the crowds and had a solid meal.

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                1. re: prcentauri

                  sounds like that hint of cinnamon would be in the bechamel. YUM.

                  1. re: Ms.Munchie

                    And it is relatively cheap, at about $12. Plus, I can never finish it and eat it for lunch the next day and tell myself it's therefore only $6. Max's lasagna got me through many a skint period in grad school.

                2. I've mentioned this in another feed, and while I don't know that its the best in the city having tried very few, I can say I am personally addicted to the rabbit lasagna in bechamel sauce at Bacaro. And I know I'm not the only one. Was there last weekend and sat next to another table of two ladies who BOTH also had the lasagna -- and only the lasagna. It's seriously good.

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                  1. re: _emilie_

                    bacaro had/has a smoked mozzarella lasagna that was fantastic...possibly with mushrooms if i can recall.

                    i rarely would order lasagna but the eggplant lasagna at ino teca is out of this world...with charred cheese on top.

                  2. I ate at Manetta's in Long Island City last night and happened to have their lasagna. Old school traditional meat lasagna. The meat is done bolognese style. The pasta (at least the lasagna) is homemade. All in all, outstanding, and incredibly affordable.

                    1. This is the Manhattan board , isnt it?
                      Ennio and Michaels on la Guardia Pl used to make lasagna once a year, Easter. Now they make it weekly and it's the best ive had in a restaurant in NYC since Joe's closed. Mezzagiorno on Spring makes an interesting eggplant lasagna

                      1. Both Bar Pitti and Le Zie have delicious, authentic lasagne. It's only about an inch thick and it's definitely like you get in Bologna, not in Little Italy. I can't remember whether it's on the menu at either restaurant or whether it's a special, but it is very special.

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                        1. re: mahler5

                          If you ever want to do take-out lasagna, we like Milano's on 89th and Third Avenue. I think their version is better than many restaurants. It reheats beautifully although disappointing if frozen. You must call ahead to see if they are preparing lasagna- they don't make it every day.

                        2. Just had an excellent one at Perbacco last night with bechamel sauce and NO ricotta. Really delicious!

                          1. Barbone, in the EV, on Ave B bet/11th & 12th, has pretty outrageous wild boar lasagne. Not a huge piece, but delicious!

                            1. Gaetana's is fantastic. Better than Grandma's!

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                              1. re: paultron

                                I never heard of it, so I checked menupages.com:

                                143 Chistopher St | At Greenwich St

                              2. Great thread - here's some place info ...

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                                Pietro's
                                232 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

                                Apizz
                                217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

                                Barbone
                                186 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

                                Insieme
                                777 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

                                Campanile
                                30 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

                                Max
                                51 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

                                Perbacco
                                234 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10009

                                Peasant
                                194 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

                                Bar Pitti
                                268 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

                                Le Zie
                                172 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                                Via Emilia
                                47 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010

                                Ennio & Michael
                                539 Laguardia Pl, New York, NY 10012

                                Bianca
                                5 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

                                Mezzogiorno
                                195 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012

                                Bacaro
                                136 Division St, New York, NY 10002

                                P.J. Clarke's
                                915 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

                                Manetta's
                                10-76 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101

                                Gaetana's
                                143 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014

                                Milano Market
                                1582 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128

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                                1. re: squid kun

                                  Thanks squid kun. This is fabulous!

                                2. I used to be addicted to Le Zie's lasagna.

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                                  1. re: a_and_w

                                    What made you kick the habit?

                                    1. re: Pan

                                      I moved across the country. No lasagna like NYC in LA...

                                  2. Just had the mushroom lasagne last night at Gramercy Tavern...oh, my. oh my...delicious, rich and addictive.

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                                    1. re: synergy

                                      I've eaten at Gramercy several times. I never noticed lasagna on the menu. Thanks for the great recommendation!!!

                                      1. re: aeros

                                        It's on the Tavern menu. Enjoy!

                                    2. Petrarca on Church and White very good, though not as good as Le Zie. Since I live in Tribeca now, Petrarca is my go to Lasagna place. Also, Max's in somewhat inedible imo. Cheap yes, but served in a mushy crock and so incredibly hot (microwaved my guess) that I just had to let it sit for 15 minutes while my mouth blistered up. There was no lightness, definition of ingredients and flavor that is the hallmark of of a great L.

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                                      1. re: gonnif

                                        This is one of those chacon a son gout things, I guess. As mentioned above, I adore Max's lasagne, and when I think about what I love about it, its dense consistency and melding of meat and cheese flavors are my favorite things about it. I don't really care if it's microwaved first--to my mind, it doesn't hurt the flavor or texture, and I don't mind lingering while it cools a bit. I have had some very good delicate lasagnes in my day, but I generally order it as a comfort food, and at that point, I'm generally looking for something close to my childhood ideal (keeping in mind that my mother is a very very good cook) when a delicate or light lasagne wouldn't have occurred to me.